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Nov 15, 2017

Psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, author of Another Kind of Madness, a memoir of mental illness in his own family, discusses the books closest to his heart. Some deal directly with mental illness, like Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle and William Styron's account of his own depression, Darkness Visible. Some deal...

Aug 18, 2017

Innovative educator Ramsey Musallam highlights the books that drive him - like On the Road (that pun is free of charge). He wanders Into the Wild with Jon Krakauer and considers The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Steven Chbosky. And unlike most of us, he has even made it all the way through David Foster Wallace's...

Jul 12, 2017

Cultural critic Laura Kipnis recently found herself embroiled in a colleague's sexual harassment case. Presented with a trove of relevant documents, she dove in with the zeal of the detectives and adventurers who populate her list of formative books, from Nancy Drew to Fear of Flying - and even a little...

May 30, 2017

Photographer Arthur Drooker explored the quirky world of convention-goers in his book Conventional Wisdom, and now he explores the quirky world of his own literary upbringing. Discussion ranges from coming-of-age classics like On the Road and Catcher in the Rye to Dickens, E.L. Doctorow, and ... Keith Richards?

May 1, 2017

Planetary scientist Pascal Lee's eight books include works by Jack London, Jules Verne, and Carl Sagan. Find out how these favorites inspired him to lead a life looking outward to the stars.